Of French and German origin, the word "delicatessen” literally means “delicious things to eat.” While its definition has evolved alongside technology and tastes, its core remains tasty dishes and neighborhood service. Whether you like them Jewish, Italian, or American in flavor, the delis of Pennsylvania are among the world’s best, from Philly to Pittsburgh.
Ben’s has become a favorite in Morrisville for cold sandwiches, hot specials, and hometown service. Most of the menu is prepared from scratch, and breakfast is served all day.
Koch’s has set the standard for Jewish delis in Philadelphia, and continues to excel every day. Fresh sliced and made to order sandwiches, seriously good accompaniments, and a pickle on the side makes this one of the best lunch options in Philly, whether you eat it in, take it out, or get it delivered.
If you’re hungry in the ‘Burgh, look no further than this delightful delicatessen/bar hybrid. Whether you grab a quick (but impressive) sandwich, or spend some time in the courtyard with a flight of local beers and a hot pretzel (or adorable mix-and-match miniature sammies), a trip to Carson Street is always a treat. Create your own six pack from their extensive selection to take with, and receive a $2 discount on each beer!
For generations, the Stoltzfus family has provided quality meats and personal service to Lancaster county. Whether you’re a local or you make the worthwhile journey to visit, this deli with restaurant on site is guaranteed to satisfy. Linger over lunch or grab-and-go for a truly old fashioned delicatessen experience.
For a true taste of Italy in the heart of Pennsylvania, visit this York gem. Fresh, imported ingredients and thoughtful preparation have made this a local favorite with devoted fans. Try the four pound “Godfather” sandwich, or a salad that will make even the most devoted carnivore question everything.
With a selection of over 50 beers and a humongous pickle bar, it’s lucky for us that Pumpernick’s is open till 10 during the week, or we may never leave. Visit for some of the best corned beef and smoked fish in state, with a healthy side of good humor and stellar service.
Carvers Deli and BBQ is everything you could want from a college-town eatery: Low-and-slow barbecue, sandwiches of epic proportions, and out-of-this-world tailgate platters. An extensive menu and fun staff round out this State College eating experience, a treat no matter how long you’ve been out in the real world.
You’d be hard pressed to discuss Pennsylvania delis without a nod to Primanti Bros, a Pittsburgh institution since 1933, now with over three dozen locations in the East. The original Strip District location is open 24 hours, and serves up a classic deli menu alongside truly brag-worthy fries.
Since 1949, Teresa’s Italian Deli has proudly served the Erie community with quality food and friendly service at a fair price. Today, that tradition continues with antipasti, sandwiches, and salads guaranteed to please even the pickiest of eaters. Try the pepperoni balls for a uniquely satisfying snack.
Durham may not be as polished as other modern delis, but boy do they serve a mean sub. Visit for packed-full sandwiches and some of the lowest prices around.